The opening reception provided the opportunity to bring the tributes on the walls to vivid life. Prior to the event, the young people whose art was shown were asked to consider remarks they wished to make in honor of their chosen family members, and to invite those honorees to the event when possible. Each young artist invited their honoree to the event, and paid tribute to that person either in words or song. Thunderous audience applause affirmed both mentor and mentee. In the end, audience members were invited to share their own family members with whom “it started” for them, leading to a parade of testimonials lasting well beyond the time allotted to the reception.